I have to confess something: this is the best of the soups. It’s my personal favourite anyhow. At least some of the time.
This soup takes a bit of love. Sometimes it is the very best thing you’ve ever eaten and you want to eat the whole thing; other times it isn’t. I have no idea why.
In a saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp butter and sauté 2 peeled and chopped apples, 2 peeled and chopped onions, 1 carrot, shredded, ½ cup celery chopped, 1 tsp thyme, and 2 bay leaves. When softened add 3 Tbsp flour. Stir in 2-1/2 cups apple cider (or some apple cider and some hard cider). Turn up the heat until it’s bubbling and then turn the heat down. Add 2 cups milk, 1 cup grated old Cheddar cheese, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Don’t boil this soup once you’ve added the milk and cheese or it will separate.
By the way, I’m thinking about hosting a neighbourhood soup supper, like Daisy. How about you? What holds you back? For me, it’s the jumping dog and the unpredictable kids’ schedules. What makes me want to do it is that it worked for Daisy. Also, we only had seven kids show up at our door on Halloween (and three of them were babies!)–at this dark and cold time of year, a soup supper sounds like a great way to get to know the neighbours a bit better, doesn’t it?